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|Jesus & Mary Chain|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
You just can't keep a good doom-and-gloomer down. In a career that began with the white-light, white-heat explosion of Psychocandy back in '85, the Reid Brothers--singer Jim and guitarist William) have rarely allowed any r... more »
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You just can't keep a good doom-and-gloomer down. In a career that began with the white-light, white-heat explosion of Psychocandy back in '85, the Reid Brothers--singer Jim and guitarist William) have rarely allowed any rays of sunlight to disrupt their rainy feedback parade. Until Munki, that is. Label-less for a couple of years, the Reids reassessed their situation with the self-financed Munki and saw that life, at least for the time being, was good. Trips back to childhood, reflections on the joys of rock 'n' roll, analysis of the optimistic reasons they made Psychocandy in the first place--it's all here on the relatively upbeat Munki. Shocking, but fun. --Tom Lanham
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Robert R. (flicknife) from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 2/6/2010...
It's OK but the like the J&M Chain of old.
JMC's last hurrah is a mixed bag
trainreader | Montclair, N.J. | 09/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yet another instance where Rock and Roll brothers just can't stay together. After only six studio albums (I'm not counting "B-Sides"), William and Jim Reid came to the conclusion that they couldn't stand being in the same room (or on the same stage) together. What a shame.
What's so interesting about "Munki" concerns the authorship of the songs. No longer could I be confident in identifying a song as Jim's or William's. William especially, can apparently write in his brother's style. For instance, my favorite song on the album, "Degenerate" sounds like Jim at his grungy best, but no! It's brother William's composition.
In my opinion, "Munki" is somewhat of a mess. By far, JMC's most adventurous and experimental album, the whole thing seems to heavily depend upon the three songs in the center of the album, namely "Virtually Unreal," the aforementioned "Degenerate," and "Cracking Up." Honestly, I could skip the others, a few of which are laced with pointless obscenities, almost as if the Reids wanted that parental advisory sticker.
Anyway, I still thoroughly enjoy listening to The Jesus and Mary Chain. After "Stoned and Dethroned," I saw them in concert at a small NYC venue, which was great (although my date didn't quite get it and wanted to leave after "Reverence" -- the one that starts off with "I want to die just like Jesus Christ"). Mazzy Star opened, and, you guessed it, the adorable Hope Sandoval came out to duet with Jim on "Sometimes Always."
Hey, if the original members of "Cream" can reunite, there must be hope for the Reid brothers too!"
A fitting conclusion for an influential band
Cubist | United States | 07/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's ironic that this was the last album for The Jesus and Mary Chain because it was a real return to form of sorts. After the stripped down beauty and simplicity of Stoned and Dethroned, they turned up the fuzz and the feedback for this one and created one of their catchiest and noisest albums since Honey's Dead.This album really does get better with age and many listenings. Pay close attention to the lyrics (esp. a song like "Black") and it becomes apparent that they were foreshadowing the eventual disintegration of the band.It's a shame that they spent so long trying to crack the US market... with the ill-fated Lollapalooza tour and then hooking up with SubPop for their last album... and yet were never able to make it really big here. It's a tad mystifying too because they had such an American sound -- the pinnacle of which was Automatic which was the Beach Boys with a drum machine.Munki is a fitting conclusion for the Mary Chain because it really does bring them back full circle and reminds us that they were always produced bitter-sweet songs with insanely catchy hooks and lots of feedback. Definitely worth a listen."